Butter Pecan Cookies-the combination of toasted pecans and butter makes this crisp cookie a classic.
Sometimes you just crave the classics.
This weekend was one of those weekends. The kids were gone. It was cold and windy outside. All I wanted to do was curl up on the sofa with the dog and watch movies.
Not the latest releases. Honestly, I haven’t even heard of most of the newer movies. I like the movies from the 80’s and 90’s.
Flipping through the channels on TV, I was so excited when I spotted Steel Magnolias. I secretly want to be Olympia Dukakis’ character Clairee. “If you don’t have anything nice to say, come and sit by me.”
That’s the great thing about the “older” movies, you know all the great lines. You look forward to them. You know what will happen at the end of the movie and you look forward to that good cry.
I can’t tell you my disappointment when I go to that channel and it was a different movie. One I couldn’t identify.
I ended up watching the original Footloose, the one with Kevin Bacon. That movie makes me want to dance every time I see it.
Then I found Moonstruck. I’ve never been a Cher fan but that woman can act. I also love her in the movie Mask. Talk about a tear jerker. She also gets the best co-stars. Nicholas Cage and Sam Elliot, yummy.
Now, I’m not one to really just sit around all day on the couch, eating popcorn and watching movies. So I made cookies. Something simple, something easy. A Classic. Butter Pecan Cookies.
And then I sat around eating cookies and watching movies.
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- 3/4 cups pecans
- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/8 teaspoon salt (just a pinch)
- clear decorating sugar for rolling
- Toast pecans by spreading out on a baking sheet and baking in a 350 degree oven for 5-6 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Chop finely and set aside.
- Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add vanilla extract and beat again. Slowly add in flour and salt until completely combined.
- Mix in pecans.
- Place decorating sugar in a small bowl.
- Using a medium cookie scoop, spoon out cookie dough and roll into a ball. Roll top of cookie ball in decorator sugar and place sugar side up on an ungreased cookie sheet. Use the bottom of a glass to gently flatten cookies.
- Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 12-14 minutes, just until edges start to brown. Remove from oven and let cookies cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes before removing to racks to cool completely.
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